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The Cookie Jar Project

The Cookie Jar was the first project of a 16 week Software Developer Programme and this project tested our skills in HTML, CSS, javaScript, jQuery, AJAX and HTML5.

I wanted the design to be fun and interactive, allowing users to fill a cookie jar by dragging and dropping.

The design is also responsive adapting to various devices and screen resolutions.

The shopping basket updates asynchronously using Ajax and as well as drag and drop, the web site also uses another HTML5 interface, local storage and HTML5 semantic elements.

The main challenge with this project was making it work on touch screen devices where drag and drop wasn't available, the solution was to enable a single click to add cookies to the jar.

The Cookie Jar

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The Tax Credit Project

The Tax Credit was the second project of the 16 week Software Developer Programme and this project tested our skills in Java including database interaction. After completing this project in Java I wanted to rewrite it using HTML, PHP and a MySQL database.

The project uses a form to collect user details and displays the result of the application using built in business rules. Certain scenarios need to be referred to a admin section for further consideration. This admin section can be accessed via the cog at the foot of the page.

The web site uses the GOV.UK elements to style the layout, typography, colour, images, icons, forms and buttons.

The main challenge with this project was understanding the Object Oriented Programming nature of Java and weighing this against procedural programming languages, like PHP, which I was more familiar with.

Tax Credit Project

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FC United of Manchester

FC United of Manchester is a fans' owned semi-professional football club which I have been involved with for over ten years, I've been involved with the web team for eight years, leading it for the last six years.

In that time I have re-deigned the website two times and I am currently working on a third iteration, making it responsive and adopting the 'Mobile First' design principles. The latest website uses HTML, CSS, javaScript, PHP7 and a MySQLi database.

The website also incorporates a custom made Content Management System allowing office staff to update most areas of the website.

The main challenges over the years has been trying to incorporate many different demands and requests whilst maintaining the overall aesthetics of the design and being both intuitive and easy to navigate.

The website is extremely popular with around 75,000 sessions per month with 500,000 page views.

FC United of M/cr

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Simmondley Primary School

I designed and built the Simmondley Primary School website about five years ago to develop my skills in HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL.

It also gave my children's school a fantastic channel to communicate with parents whilst showing off the children's work.

I wanted it to be colourful, fun and engaging, a little bit quirky with the use of icons to represent school class names and engaging by adding a chalkboard to display that day's school lunch menu all updated automatically using dynamic PHP pages and database tables.

I also wanted the website to be easily updatable allowing teachers and admin staff to quickly update the website and upload documents, via a customer made admin section, keeping the website fresh and relevant.

The main challenge with this website was to make the admin side of the site so simple to use that teachers would find it very easy to add class activities, newsletters and photos.

Simmondley School

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Manage My Bills

The Manage My Bills was a self-assigned project to further consolidate and develop the skills learnt on the 16 week Software Developer Programme

The web site uses HTML, w3.css, PHP and mySQL. I also explored the features of Geolocation, JSON and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

The web site also uses the GOV.UK elements to style the layout, typography, colour, images, icons, forms and buttons.

Manage My Bills

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Moston Juniors FC

The Moston Juniors Football Club website uses HTML, w3.css, PHP and mySQL. The CSS allows the website to creatively use the concertina function to display a large amount of information on one page but also to avoid excessive vertical scrolling.

The website also has a custom made Content Management System allowing the website owners to amend the content of the website simply and conveniently.

Moston Juniors FC

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The Cookie Jar Project

The Cookie Jar was the first project of a 16 week Software Developer Programme and this project tested our skills in HTML, CSS, javaScript, jQuery, AJAX and HTML5.

I wanted the design to be fun and interactive, allowing users to fill a cookie jar by dragging and dropping.

The design is also responsive adapting to various devices and screen resolutions.

The shopping basket updates asynchronously using Ajax and as well as drag and drop, the web site also uses another HTML5 interface, local storage and HTML5 semantic elements.

The main challenge with this project was making it work on touch screen devices where drag and drop wasn't available, the solution was to enable a single click to add cookies to the jar.

The Cookie Jar

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The Tax Credit Project

The Tax Credit was the second project of the 16 week Software Developer Programme and this project tested our skills in Java including database interaction. After completing this project in Java I wanted to rewrite it using HTML, PHP and a MySQL database.

The project uses a form to collect user details and displays the result of the application using built in business rules. Certain scenarios need to be referred to a admin section for further consideration. This admin section can be accessed via the cog at the foot of the page.

The web site uses the GOV.UK elements to style the layout, typography, colour, images, icons, forms and buttons.

The main challenge with this project was understanding the Object Oriented Programming nature of Java and weighing this against procedural programming languages, like PHP, which I was more familiar with.

Tax Credit Project

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FC United of Manchester

FC United of Manchester is a fans' owned semi-professional football club which I have been involved with for over ten years, I've been involved with the web team for eight years, leading it for the last six years.

In that time I have re-deigned the website two times and I am currently working on a third iteration, making it responsive and adopting the 'Mobile First' design principles. The latest website uses HTML, CSS, javaScript, PHP and a MySQL database.

The website also incorporates a custom made Content Management System allowing office staff to update most areas of the website.

The main challenges over the years has been trying to incorporate many different demands and requests whilst maintaining the overall aesthetics of the design and being both intuitive and easy to navigate.

The website is extremely popular with around 75,000 sessions per month with 500,000 page views.

FC United of M/cr

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Simmondley Primary School

I designed and built the Simmondley Primary School website about five years ago to develop my skills in HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL.

It also gave my children's school a fantastic channel to communicate with parents whilst showing off the children's work.

I wanted it to be colourful, fun and engaging, a little bit quirky with the use of icons to represent school class names and engaging by adding a chalkboard to display that day's school lunch menu all updated automatically using dynamic PHP pages and database tables.

I also wanted the website to be easily updatable allowing teachers and admin staff to quickly update the website and upload documents, via a customer made admin section, keeping the website fresh and relevant.

The main challenge with this website was to make the admin side of the site so simple to use that teachers would find it very easy to add class activities, newsletters and photos.

Simmondley School

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Manage My Bills

The Manage My Bills was a self-assigned project to further consolidate and develop the skills learnt on the 16 week Software Developer Programme

The web site uses HTML, w3.css, PHP and mySQL. I also explored the features of Geolocation, JSON and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

The web site also uses the GOV.UK elements to style the layout, typography, colour, images, icons, forms and buttons.

Manage My Bills

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Moston Juniors Football Club

The Moston Juniors Football Club website uses HTML, w3.css, PHP and mySQL. The CSS allows the website to creatively use the concertina function to display a large amount of information on one page but also to avoid excessive vertical scrolling.

The website also has a custom made Content Management System allowing the website owners to amend the content of the website simply and conveniently.

Moston Juniors FC

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